Horror Mash-Up: Fay Wray and Farley Granger

Published March 23, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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As with many superstars, Mary Astor and Constance Bennett among them, King Kong’s expressive Fay Wray found herself playing mothers of grown daughters onscreen far too soon. Nicely, Wray finds plenty of moments to bring a sense of charm and joy to her Mrs. Gordon Kimbell – no first name given!!! – in the 1953 MGM musical Small Town Girl.

Mothering musical sensation Jane Powell as she romances Farley Granger’s society playboy (while simultaneously wrangling her way through the rest of her loved one’s strong personalities), Wray is able to show moments of exasperated tenderness over her brood’s foibles and eccentricities while providing evidence that she is the force that keeps her family on the right track. Small Farley

Terror celebrants, meanwhile, will be pleased to see Wray, whose other horror credits include Doctor X and Mystery in the Wax Museum, share a scene or two with Granger. Granger, who proves here that he was one of the most striking presences in the Golden Age of Hollywood, is well known for his work in Hitchcock’s homoerotic masterpieces, Rope and Strangers on a Train. Besides that amazing contribution to the legacy of dark cinema, this eclectic specimen appeared in a variety of Giallo enterprises (So Sweet, So Dead, Something Creeping in the Dark, What Have They Done to Your Daughters?) and enlivened the beloved 1981 slasher The Prowler, which is highlighted by Tom Savini’s gruesome effects work.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Ida Lupino

Published March 17, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Fierce and independent, Ida Lupino was the only female director working in Hollywood for many years. She was just as memorable in front of the camera, establishing herself as a prime example of the tough hearted film noir broad.

As was typical of many women in that genre, she played nightclub singers in both The Man I Love, the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s New York, New York, and the atmosphere soaked Roadhouse, which had absolutely nothing to do with the Patrick Swayze cheese-fest of later years. Although dubbed in the former, she was able to display her own smoky, mood soaked voice in the latter.

Not expectedly in her fading years, Lupino found herself battling off gigantic feathered foes in Food of the Gods and Ernest Borgnine’s horned cult leader in The Devil’s Rain. Her last role was of a magnificent Norma Desmond take-off in an early episode of Charlie’s Angels, a fitting finale for one of the grand queens of the cinema.

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Of Buying Meat, and What Plastic Does, and Trying to Make Do

Published March 15, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

Wonderful ideas here from my wonderful Aunt Pam! #environment #plastics #life health #community

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By the end of the day on Sunday,
I was discouraged. This was my weekend to shop for meat.

On Saturday, we went to the
indoor farmers’ market at Weasel Boys, a craft brewery in my town. Weasel Boys is
in a bank of long, low brick buildings, which clever, creative people have
rescued from industrial abandonment. The buildings have become condos and restaurants,
a repurposing shop, and, of course, Weasel Boys, which offers pizza and music
and trivia nights in addition to well-crafted beer.

And on Saturdays now, they offer
their spacious indoor setting as a place for local farmers and vendors to meet
the public.

This week, we didn’t buy much. I
was interested to meet some local coffee roasters who, sadly, do not roast decaf.
But I think my coffee’s sorted anyway.

I did, though, buy a beef soup
bone from Jessica at Hope Farms, even though…

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Tonjia Atomic’s 333: Illuminaughty

Published March 14, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Versatile director-writer-actress Tonjia Atomic is at it again! After helming the wildly anticipated Manos Returns, this multi-hyphenate has co-created 333: Illuminaughty, a short made for the Women in Horror Month 2019 Massive Blood Drive PSA through Horrors of the PNW & Horrors of the PNW VI.

Besides a catchy title and Atomic’s input, this film is notable for the inclusion of Debra Lamb. Late night cable lovers will remember Lamb (Stripped to Kill 2, Evil Spirits, Invisible Maniac) as one of the prime forces of the Scream Queen era. An exotic beauty with a soulful acting style, Lamb has thankfully racked up a number of new credits in the last few years and it is great to see her in action in a project with a strong feminist origin.

You can keep updated about 333 at https://www.facebook.com/333-Illuminaughty-1139324986250064/, as well.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Ginger Rogers

Published March 10, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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I don’t know about you, but I believe that everything is just a little bit better with a bit of Ginger sprinkled on it. Of course, in this case, I refer to the glorious Ginger Rogers. This Academy Award winning actress is probably best known for the multiple dance epics that she made with the elegant Fred Astaire. But, ever filled with an eclectic energy, this perky powerhouse actually began her career appearing in a couple of Gothic mystery-thrillers.

thirteenth_guestThe Thirteenth Guest and A Shriek in the Night feature the typical, gutsy work that was the Rogers’ trademark, but as she croons below, follow-up appearances in the terror genre were obviously just not for her!

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Dagger Cast

Published March 8, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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Stevie Nicks may have celebrated the Edge of Seventeen, but as I stand on the verge of 51, I have to laud Dagger Cast! Initiated by Jared Olsen, one half of edgy production company nite smoke, this podcast looks at horror from the sense of the other. By the celebrating the LGBTQ, Black, Latinx and female (etc. etc…) viewpoint of horror, this podcast aims to reach into the hidden depths of the horror community, gazing far past the straight white gaze that has dominated it for so many years. DC Logo

As my co-host, the dynamic Lindsey Charles (lead singer of The Cell Phones), has often asked of our guests, we want to find out what you, that special and unique force in society, needs from this genre – a genre that can so beautiful express the hopes and fears of outsiders everywhere. Of course, we aim to do this with a sense of fun and irreverent punk rock spirit, as well!

To determine if we’ve succeeded, you can check out our first few episodes at https://soundcloud.com/daggercast.

Meanwhile, more information is available at https://www.facebook.com/daggercast/, as well.

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Absolutely Not’s Glitch

Published March 6, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan

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There are gods and goddesses of rock that are known, worldwide. Others carry a local beat. Case in point: Donnie Moore, the gay ringleader of punk pop auteurs Absolutely Not, and Lindsey Charles, the dynamic force behind art rock provocateurs The Cell Phones, are Midwest sensations that deserve to conquer the universe as a whole.

Nicely, both of these amazing talents have a love for horror. Moore’s concept for Glitch, AN’s latest single, features a Trump masked serial killer and Charles as an industrious black final girl, something the entertainment world truly needs more of. By that I mean, of course, women of color kicking ass and not obnoxious sociopaths bringing us evermore teetering to the point of disaster!

Be sure to keep up with Absolutely Not, who just released their second full length album, at https://www.facebook.com/AbsolutelyNotMusic. The Cell Phones, meanwhile, are consistently making all things seem possible at https://www.facebook.com/cellphonesband/.

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